Monday, October 31, 2016

Act 7; Scene 7: HALLOWEEN COSTUME REVEAL 2016!!!!

We made it to the fateful day of Halloween!

Without further ado, we present....

The Spider Family!

Tommy (whom of course our theme revolves around) as Spiderman; Scarlet as the radioactive spider who bit Peter Parker; Carson as a spider web, and Robert as a villain caught by spider string!

I had to get some pictures of my spider web makeup

We have had a busy weekend participating in all sorts of Halloween adventures! Here's a little photo tour of our final October weekend:

The Lehi Legacy Center Halloween Extravaganza!

Cake walk. Or in this case, "witches brew"--soda pop walk.
 Carving Jack-o-Lanterns

By our pumpkins

Scarlet is saying hi to Grandma and Grandpa in this one

Sunday dinner: Tortilla soup in a pumpkin bread bowl. 

Made with the Blendtec!
 And for this morning, pumpkin Halloween waffles for breakfast!

After trick-or-treating candy gorging!

Happy Halloween, all!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Act 7; Scene 6: My last Birthday in My Twenties.....

Oh man that's kind of depressing to say!

But, at least we had fun celebrating.

We started out on Saturday by taking a trip to the Scarecrow Festival at Thanksgiving Point.

I mean, our kids are really just the cutest.
 Of course we had to get a picture by the super hero scarecrows.

And the bounce houses are always a big hit

Then we headed to Culver's for a yummy, if not super healthy, dinner.

Sunday morning started out with everyone rushing around like crazy so that I could get out the door to stake choir practice on time. I had the luxury of walking the mile+ to church. And really booking it in order to make it in time. It felt wonderful! And even more wonderful was being able to sing 8 part harmony and gorgeous songs with the stake choir for stake conference. My birthday couldn't have fallen on a better Sunday.

After conference it was time to open presents

I love this one of Scarlet's pigtails!

Since I knew what my big gift was, the boys decided to be sneaky and take it out of the box and hide it somewhere. I did get one clue--it was "it's in the claw." Robert was convinced I would have no idea what that meant. The first thing I thought of was "in the closet." You can find out by watching the video if I was right!

After naps we headed up to SLC for a birthday dinner. If you haven't heard, my glucose test numbers came back kind of high. That means that I don't have gestational diabetes, but one out of two of those numbers were high. The doctor told me I need to cut way back on refined sugar, and eat frequent, small meals. Has anyone ever asked you to cut down on sweets around this time of year? It's kind of tricky! Since I had eaten too many treats this past Friday night while helping the caterer at the Utah Art Invitational, I requested no birthday cake. Instead, my mom bought me a bag of Russell's sugar free chocolate candy. So my candles got to be in a little, sugar free peanut butter cup. Which are actually quite good! Thanks, Mom!

Of course we couldn't leave Grandma's without going on a walk. We looked more like a parade heading down the street! On our walk, we ran into a neighbor who offered to take a picture for us. I love how it turned out!

Luke, Kayla, Sam and Tommy, Mom, Robert, Me, Dad, and Scarlet
All in all it's been a fun birthday weekend. A little more relaxing than the past CRAZY week, that I can't even bring myself to blog about. 

Here are some other gems I found on the camera roll from this week:

From last week's family home evening, talking about families. Tommy drew this picture of our family all by himself! My favorite parts are me with a baby in my tummy (can you spot it?), and Robert's long hair...circling our family. Tommy thought that was pretty hilarious.

Cupcake decorating!

You'd want to eat these sprinkle-ridden gems too, wouldn't you?
And now, for another COSTUME REVEAL HINT!!!!

It has been harder than ever to keep this one a secret. This may have to be our last year of costume reveals, since the kids are so excited to tell everyone they see. Anyway, here is this week's:

Costume Hint #4: Scarlet's character enabled Tommy's character. Carson's costume is a non-living thing, and Robert's is a victim of Tommy's character.

Any guesses????

Happy Haunting!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Act 7; Scene 5: Spooktacular Food, Pumpkin Field Trips, and Costume Hints!

Here's a brief look into another fun-packed, fall week at our house:

Pumpkin Patch party in Murray. I stood in line for at least 45 minutes for these balloon creations!

Pumpkin Patch preschool field trip to Jaker's! 

On the wagon ride
the preschoolers climbed the giant hay bale pyramid

Tommy picked this as his field trip souvenir 

Scarlet loved hanging out between these two pumpkins while waiting for the wagon ride

Our Spooktacular meal of the week for Grandma's birthday celebration! 

Pumpkins and witch brooms

Brains (spaghetti squash), witch fingers, pumpkins, and witch brooms!

We went on a colors tour of the path behind our house. Golly we live in a beautiful place!

And carrot cake for Grandma's birthday!

What a fun week. As we were driving the other day, Tommy looked out the window at all of the leaves and declared, "I love fall!" I couldn't have been more proud :-).

And now....another COSTUME REVEAL HINT!!!!

Hint #3: I asked my mom if I could use her purple jeweled spider web pin for my costume. It will be perfect. And we picked up some black sweat pants for Robert's on Saturday.

Any guesses?????? (Is anyone even reading these?)

Happy Haunting!